• Can you believe we are already halfway through the 2016-17 school year? As we begin the second half of the year, we have so much to look forward to at Collier County Public Schools (CCPS).

    In December, the Florida Department of Education released 2015-16 graduation rates. CCPS’ graduation rate continues to increase. Our graduate rate is 86.7%. That is up 2.4 percentage points from the previous year. What a wonderful accomplishment heading into the second half of the school year.

    We have a special event coming up that you can be a part of from literally anywhere! I am hosting my first-ever CCPS Twitter Chat on February 16 at 12:00 p.m. You can participate the day of the event by sending in a question using the hashtag #CCPSChat. I will be answering your questions in real time here on the district’s Twitter page (@CollierSchools). I cannot wait to interact with you all!

    While we are discussing social media, our first Virtual Town Hall event of this school year will be held on March 29 on the topic of social media. At “Social Media: Keeping Your Child Safe,” experts will discuss strategies on how to make sure your child can enjoy everything the internet has to offer, in a safe manner. This event will be held at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Administrative Center beginning at 6:00 p.m. but can be streamed to your computer or electronic device through the District website. You can also watch the event at our remote viewing locations, iTECH in Immokalee or Everglades City School.

    The second half of the school year kicks off some great academic competitions too. From the Middle and High School Scholar Bowl Tournament, Middle School Debate, Odyssey of the Mind, Elementary Math Challenge, Mock Trial Debates, Laws of Life, annual Collier County Spelling Bee, and 4th Annual iSteam Competition, our students are sure to be busy with lots of learning and activities.

    Let’s begin another fantastic year! 


    Kamela Patton

    Dr. Kamela Patton

    Tel (239) 377-0001